The state Department of Education has awarded $3.9 million to 114 schools and municipalities, including 17 in the Philadelphia region, to cover the cost of hiring resource and police officers in schools this year.
Under the grant program, signed into law last year, schools and towns can receive up to $60,000 for a resource officer and up to $40,000 for a police officer. Recipients are required to fund the positions for at least two years.
Priority for funding is given to schools and municipalities that employ officers who have completed training related to children and adolescents within a school setting, the state said.
Recipients in Bucks County are Morrisville School District, Quakertown Borough and Lower Makefield Township. Chester County recipients are Kennett Square Borough and Oxford Area School District. Grants in Montgomery County went to Norristown Police, Wissahickon School District, Abington School District, East and West Norriton Townships and Norristown Area School Distirct. Delaware County recipients are Southeast Delco School District, Chester Upland School District and Chester Police.
In Philadelphia, Christo Rey Philadelphia High School, Torah Academy, and Maritime Academy Charter High Schools received grants.